Rebecca Robinson

Scope of Practice Bill Sidelined by Sponsor

The Lund Report
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) will work on this bill with stakeholders “in the interim” between the 2011 and 2012 sessions

April 7, 2011—A bill that would create a more streamlined process for scope of practice changes is being tabled so legislators can focus their energy on more pressing healthcare transformation issues.

Joint Subcommittee on Health Care Transformation Announced

The Lund Report
Familiar cast of characters to make Oregon healthcare reform law

March 31, 2011 -- The membership of the Joint Subcommittee on Health Care Transformation, announced Thursday afternoon, contains some familiar faces from the House and Senate health care committees.

According to a memo from House co-speakers Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) and Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) to Governor John Kitzhaber and fellow legislators, the House members are subcommittee co-chairs Reps. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg) and Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), Tina Kotek (D-Portland), and Jim Thompson (R-Dallas).

Public Employees’ Benefit Board Plans For Big Budget Hole

The Lund Report
Worst-case scenario is “wholesale slaughter,” says board member Diane Lovell

March 28, 2011--The Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) agreed last week to implement benefit cuts and surcharges to its members that will help it close a looming budget gap somewhere between $20.5 million and $104.5 million.

Senator Chip Shields Shines Light on Rate Review Process

The Lund Report
Portland’s Democratic state senator is pushing for a public hearing process, but insurance companies and the state Insurance Division aren’t convinced

March 28, 2011--The debate over how to reform Oregon’s healthcare system is contentious, but everyone agrees on certain facts. Healthcare costs are rising. Insurance premiums are increasing faster than peoples’ incomes. Obtaining insurance that’s both affordable and provides adequate health coverage is nearly impossible for the average Oregonian. And nobody seems to understand how the insurance rate review process really works.

Bill Aims to Recruit More Primary Care Docs

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Legislation would work in tandem with similar efforts

March 24, 2011 -- Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) no longer serves on the House Health Care Committee, but her commitment to healthcare issues remains steadfast. That’s why she’s sponsoring House Bill 2366, which focuses on recruiting more primary care physicians to Oregon.

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